It's not one to break the top-40 mold, but Nicki Minaj's newest single, "Freedom," manages to hit some high notes. It plays as a rapper's retrospective on her career thus far. Given that she's only been a major industry name since 2010 (read our cover story with her from that year), the whole concept comes across a bit big-headed. Then again, that's the essential platform that Minaj has built her career on: talking herself up. And it seems to be working. Though Ms. Azealia Banks is blowing up and eyeing the throne, it's safe to say Minaj is the foremost female MC in pop music today.
Highlights in "Freedom" come early on. In the opening verse, Minaj cleverly details her career as the 'pinkprint' for the floundering industry basics.
"They'll never thank me for opening doors / But they ain't even thank Jesus when he died on the cross / Cause your spirit is ungrateful, bitches is so hateful, I remain a staple / My career's been the pinkprint/ When I retire tell 'em 'think pink' / 'Pink Friday' is the imprint / And these bitches basic, instinct."
The chorus comes in as a mellowed R&B lull, and on the whole, the rest of the track is reliably club-ready, reliably Nicki. Her new album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up hits stores Nov. 19. Listen to 'Freedom' below:
For more on Minaj, tune into Nicki Minaj: My Truth which premiered on E! last night. The three-part series follows Minaj as she preps for her upcoming tour and album release. Watch a clip below: